George Eliot

George Eliot

Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.

It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.

I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.

The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.

When one is grateful for something too good for common thanks, writing is less unsatisfactory than speech-one does not, at least, hear how inadequate the words are.

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.

Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.

Wear a smile and have friends,<br> wear a scowl and have wrinkles.

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.

We ust find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.

No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.

The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.

Can any man or woman choose duties? No more that they can choose their birthplace, or their father or mother.

Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.

Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it.

Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.

It is never too late to become what we might have been.

Excessive literary production is a social offense.